It takes you some time to adjust to the fact that your newborn doesn’t look like the chubby bubbies you see in Pampers commercials. He may grow into one sooner than you can imagine. That is when you will feel that yours is the cutest baby that has ever been produced by mankind, period.
-Excerpt from “I Made A Booboo”
A Marketing professional with an MBA from ISB Hyderabad, Shivangi Sharma has co-authored an anthology titled Dutched Up (rated among top travel books of 2015 by the WSJ) and has written for Mother's World, a popular parenting magazine. Originally from Chandigarh, India, she now lives in Amsterdam with her husband and her son.
To maintain her balance, she performs as part of a professional Bollywood dance troupe in different European cities, and indulges in yoga, spirituality and music at home.
Shivangi Sharma talks to SHEROES about her passion for writing, her recent book – “I made a booboo” and her stellar corporate career today:
Tell us about yourself
I was born and brought up in Chandigarh. After my Engineering, I worked in IT, then I went to do my MBA at the Indian School of Business. I left India in 2007 for work and also because my fiancée was in Singapore. I started working at Gartner while in Singapore. When we moved to HK for my husband’s work, I started working at Philips as an online marketing manager.
When we moved to Amsterdam 6 years ago, I took a transfer and continued working with Philips till 2014, that’s when I joined Microsoft (where I work till end of this month) as online retail marketing lead.
However, I will be switching to a smaller company (like a start-up), heading the online marketing division, soon.
A start-up environment after working with the “Big guys” all along?
Well, the company has actually got about 40 people and has been around for a while. But the start-up culture is prevalent there. It is going to be unstable, but I embrace the challenge. I wanted to try something different. I wanted to try this out. I want to make a bigger difference at work so I decided to take the plunge.
In what major ways has the corporate world shaped you?
The main thing was international experiences. I move for my job, I’ve got to work with people of different nationalities and this makes me more receptive of different cultures. This has been an eye opening experience. It also makes me more rounded.
My first job was in IT, and at the time I was getting more into the operational stuff. The main takeaway is how you work well with people even when you are not leading them.
How did the idea of your first book come about?
I have always been writing, this is my passion since childhood. Writing helps give a structure to what is going on in my mind. I used to write regularly on my blog too. But then I started focusing on my first book which was about expat living. It became a popular book in the Netherlands.
Can you tell us a little about your new book?
“I Made A Booboo” is about - A Mothers experiences. In a nutshell - my own experiences being a mother from the time my son was born till 2 years. It is a real life story and it reads more like fiction. I’ve penned down my thoughts and experiences, it is not a guide book about mothering. On the contrary, it is quite a hilarious take on my experiences and journey - one of the key USP's of the book.
Any more writing projects in mind?
I continue to write on my blog and will work on my book ideas too! Not sure which one I will pick up on. I have a half written book, so I may finish that or will try writing fiction, let’s see.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
It’s all about taking it “One day at a time,” I’m not planning too much. I see that plans fall flat on your face. It’s better not to plan!